A demonstrator holds a banner reading ‘#neveragain’ during a protest outside the Free Democratic Party headquarters in Berlin, Germany [Felipe Trueba/EPA-EFE]

Berlin, Germany – German minority communities living in the eastern state of Thuringia have raised the alarm after a political storm that saw an anti-immigrant far-right party gain a stronger footing in regional politics.

In last Wednesday’s local elections, politicians from the Free Democratic Party (FDP) and Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) worked with the nationalist Alternative for Deutschland (AfD) to overthrow popular incumbent Bodo Ramelow, of the socialist party Die Linke.

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The FDP’s candidate, Thomas Kemmerich, won by a single vote to become state premier.

Merkel condemned the debacle, saying the election was “unforgivable”.

After winning, as criticism mounted,

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